We all have our own bits of nostalgia when it comes to computers “back in the day.” OK, maybe you don’t, but I do. I have many fond memories of my Apple IIgs and all of its glory. I had a Woz edition with a TransWarp GS, the Hard Disk 20SC, and the good ol’ ImageWriter II. Why let the past go, when you can run old programs on your screaming fast modern hardware with an emulator? On the Mac, the best Apple IIgs emulator is Sweet16, which is still in active development (2011). It even supports printing (to the Mac’s Preview.app).

I found a bunch of Apple IIgs disk images (location updated), and I recognized some of the programs, not that you can do much with them nowadays, but it’s fun. Try it out for yourself. Have some fun.

Happy Memories

Here are some screen shots that I was able to produce. What fun!

The GS/OS 6 Finder:

Many a birthday card did I print with Print Shop! I wish I could still print them out…

AppleWorks was a real winner:


GNO Multitasking Environment (GNO/ME). Unix for the Apple IIgs. This was a new one to me, but here it is!

So many more old programs to explore. Have fun!


I should add that if you’re having trouble getting files from your Mac into your GS image, since Apple dropped support for plain HFS disk images in OS 10.5 or 10.6, there’s a roundabout way to do it. I tried the program CiderPress, which is an open source tool on Windows for reading and writing ProDOS (and other) disk images. If you don’t have Windows anywhere, you might try WineBottler to run Windows apps on your Mac, though I don’t know if it works with CiderPress or not.